Betty Tait’s boyfriend Ed Tait was in a Reserve Officer’s Training Course when Pearl Harbor was attacked. Betty knew that the attack on Pearl Harbor meant that her husband would soon go off to war.

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Betty’s Thoughts after Pearl Harbor

First thing [I thought] was, “Oh, gee. There was a Pit Rifles formal dance, and [now] there wouldn’t be a dance.” I remember that. (laughs) Pure woman, because I had a dress. (laughs)

But I knew. I knew what it meant. I was very conscious of what it meant. I don’t think there was a girl in the world that ever had somebody in my position that didn’t feel the same way, you know?  “Is he going to be killed? Is he going to come back? Is he going to be hurt?” And my father was in the First World War, and he was very fond of Ed and so much against my getting married. He didn’t think it was the right thing to do. He was so afraid that I would be one of those people with a husband who came back not whole and so on and so forth.